first_imgA gang have been caught syphoning fuel from vehicles around Letterkenny.The men were found with syphoning equipment.The two man gang were apprehended by Gardai at a commercial premises on the Cullion Road in the early hours of yesterday morning.The suspects were found with a quantity of five gallon drums full of diesel. The men also had a syphoning hose and a screwdriver which Garda believe was used to open up fuel tanks.When approached by Gardai, the men were in the process of draining diesel from a lorry.The men were arrested and taken to Letterkenny Garda station for questioning.The pair are due to appear before the local courts on related charges. A Garda spokesman told Donegal Daily “The men were found at around 12.15am on Sunday morning at a premises in the process of syphoning a vehicle.“The equipment was recovered at two people were arrested.“They will appear before a future sitting of the courts.” GARDAI CATCH FUEL SYPHONING GANG RED-HANDED was last modified: February 9th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:dieseldonegalgangGardailetterkennysyphoninglast_img read more

Asked to disparage the Warriors, Canadians talk the cleanest trash talk ever

first_img … The NBA Finals went dark Thursday night. Which made it the perfect time to get Jimmy Kimmel in the game.Kimmel dispatched a camera crew to Toronto in order to trash talk the Golden State Warriors, currently trailing in the NBA Finals 2 games to 1 against the Toronto Raptors.The great denizens of Hogtown seemed taken aback, perhaps because there is no such thing as trash in Canada.“Trash talk!” commanded the microphone operator to a man wearing a Raptors jersey over his dress shirt.last_img read more

Has the corn basis peaked?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Corn basis levels appear to have reached a near-term peak early this month. Ethanol plants in central and western Ohio had reached 26 to 34 over the May CBOT corn. With price rallies the first two weeks in April, it appears plenty of old crop corn was moving from farmers’ bins. In the face of that price rally, corn basis then declined 4 to 9 cents in just a few days. Those price rallies had old crop corn at $4 or higher in numerous Ohio locations. That seemed to be the magic level that producers had desired for months. Corn movement was heavy from farms across Ohio and the Midwest. No doubt those ethanol plants and end users were able to book their needs for at least a month on the corn rally. It will be most interesting to see how the corn basis moves for the next eight weeks. Those weeks will get us though planting season, and into the critical pollination periods of the first two weeks of July.Weather will continue to be a dominant and volatile force for both corn and soybeans this summer. The current El Niño is the strongest in 20 years. It is quickly ending, though, sooner than expected. It is quite common for the end of El Niño to produce dry weather extremes, particularly in the western portion of the Corn Belt. With this in mind, it is no wonder that a prominent weather forecaster’s prediction that the Corn Belt could experience the fifth driest summer since the 1950s generated attention.While the numbers from the March 31 planting intentions report are well known, the price action in the two weeks that followed have been most surprising. The 93.6 million corn acres were quite a surprise to the market, as corn closed 15 cents lower for the day. The market had expected 2016 corn acres to be 90 million acres, slightly above those of the previous year of 88 million acres. In spite of that strong bearish reaction, corn was unable to stay lower or make multiple new contract lows in the days that followed. Then two weeks later, corn was able to close above the previous two month highs.That price action was another case of technicals or chart action being the leading market mover, with the fundamental reality and reasons then becoming well known in the days that followed. Three fundamental factors are in play. First are the dry weather concerns in Brazil that could affect corn production. Second is the pending and potential impeachment of Brazil’s president. Corruption concerns in Brazil along with the Brazilian Real seeing extreme volatility were in the news for over a month. The third factor is corn open interest. Corn in early April reached near record short positions by the funds. Any hint of weather concerns for 2016 corn could have those shorts heading for the exits in spectacular fashion at any time.Soybeans were also able to rally during the first two weeks of April. The second week of April, soybeans closed 39 cents higher for the week. The same weather concerns in South America  were a huge factor. While the dry weather in Brazil was most influential for the corn rally, Argentina was seeing frequent rains, which were delaying harvest. With soybeans not reaching the ports quickly enough, U.S. soybeans were once again the cheapest world source for soybean exports from April through June. It was clearly a case of “risk on,” as buyers were most active, pushing soybean prices above the $9.20 level once thought impossible to break through. Buyers were active enough to push soybean open interest to new records.Traders will be closely watching upcoming weekly ethanol reports. Why? The weekly ethanol production report of April 12 revealed a four million bushel decline in corn usage. In the same week, the April USDA  supply and demand report indicated corn usage for ethanol would increase 25 million bushels to 5.25 billion bushels for the current crop year.last_img read more

How You Changed Your Client’s Perception

first_imgYou have tremendous business acumen and situational knowledge. You understand your client’s business well enough, and you know where your business and theirs intersect exceptionally well. You were able to capture their mindshare by sharing with them an understanding of why they have the challenges they’re having, how to make changes that produce better results, and you gained their trust and support. You won the account on your merits as a value creator and someone worthy of being a strategic partner.But as you started to execute with your team, you and your client started to experience the day-to-day challenges of implementing. It required a lot more of your attention, and sometimes around the more transactional tasks that must be done. Even though these tasks do not belong to you, they either weren’t getting done or weren’t getting done fast enough for you or your client, so you jumped in there and became another pair of hands. You made sure that whatever needed to be done was done effectively.As time went by, your client depended on you to help them execute and achieve the outcomes you sold them. A lot of what started to show up was more transactional work that belongs to someone else on your team. There was that one time an order was lost, and they asked you to track it down because it was important. Another time they had an invoice problem and 11 invoices needed re-typed. You had a tough time finding somebody to do it, so you did it yourself. Your client was grateful for your effort. And then they called for help as they prepared for an internal meeting and needed reports. You generated the reports and added four-color charts to make sure that their meeting was a success.Because you owned the transactions and not the outcomes, you’ve managed to move from a peer, a trusted advisor, and a strategic partner, to a typist, a clerk, and an administrative assistant. Even though all of the things that you did were necessary, you’ve changed your perception from a value-creating change agent to something less than that.Bringing on the new, large, and important clients may require that you do whatever is necessary to produce the outcomes you’ve sold. None of this is to say that you cannot lend a hand to your team under certain circumstances. Instead, it’s a reminder that you are responsible for the outcomes you sell not all the transactions that surround that outcome. It’s also a reminder that the value you create for your clients must be something of greater and more strategic value.Stay in your lane. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Formula One fans intrigued as Lewis Hamilton keeps mum on social media

first_imgLewis Hamilton’s social media content or perhaps the lack of it right now has sent the Formula One fans talking ahead of the new season in a few months time.Hamilton was criticised for his activity on Instagram on Christmas, where he commented about his young nephew wearing a pink dress.”Boys don’t wear princess dresses,” the Briton had said, in a video on Instagram that he apologised for and took down the next day.After that, the Mercedes driver wiped clean his prolific Twitter and Instagram accounts and hasn’t tweeted or done anything so far this year.WATCHHamilton removed most of the content and photographs from his feeds, giving no explanation for what was interpreted by many as an emotional response to the criticism. Even on New Year’s Day and his 33rd birthday on January 7, he didn’t put up anything.Hamilton has more of a profile than any other F1 driver, boasting 5.7 million followers on Instagram and 5.26 million on Twitter, who are kept up to speed about his celebrity lifestyle and fashion tastes.Formula One’s owners Liberty Media, who took over last year, have adopted a “fan first” approach with social media a major plank in their strategyMcLaren executive director Zak Brown said the sport needed Hamilton’s engagement.”Obviously the amount of feedback looks like it’s upset him, to the point where he’s said well then I won’t do anything,” Brown told Reuters at the Autosport International show on Thursday.”That’s a shame for all the racing fans who love Lewis and want to know what he’s up to. Hopefully that situation will settle down.advertisement”We want to hear what Lewis is up to and he has the biggest following. So if he pulls off social media, that would be a loss for everyone.”Mercedes have made no official comment on the reasons for Hamilton’s actions, although a team source said it was “just a bit of hygiene” to wipe the slate clean for a fresh start this season.An adviser to Hamilton also had no comment, telling the BBC that “taking a break” from social media during the holiday period was not newsworthy.While the season starts in Australia in March, January is a quiet time in Formula One when engagement on social media helps maintain the sport’s profile.”I think it’s unfortunate how quickly people jump on him (Hamilton),” said Brown of a driver who won his first title with McLaren in 2008.”I bet the majority of those people (critics), if they were sitting in front of Lewis, would still want to get his autograph.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

10 months agoDONE DEAL: AC Milan formally announce signing of Lucas Paqueta

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say DONE DEAL: AC Milan formally announce signing of Lucas Paquetaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAC Milan have formally announced the signing of Lucas Paqueta from Flamego.The Brazilian’s move has been settled for some time, with a €35m deal agreed back in October.On Thursday the Rossoneri have deposited his contract with the Lega Serie A, meaning he’s now officially eligible to play for them.Paqueta could make his debut in the Supercoppa Italiana against Juventus, which will be held in Suadi Arabia on January 16. last_img read more

12 hours agoNapoli icon Maradona ‘always believed in Mertens’

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Napoli icon Maradona ‘always believed in Mertens’by Carlos Volcano12 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveNapoli icon Diego Maradona has long been a fan of Dries Mertens, it has been revealed.Mertens’ two goals in the Champions League 3-2 victory at RB Salzburg, took him to 116 goals with Napoli – one more than Maradona.The Belgian now has his sights set on Marek Hamsik’s all-time club record of 121 goals.“Diego has always been a supporter of Mertens and believed in him, even when the Belgian wasn’t playing very much,” Maradona’s representative Stefano Ceci told Radio Kiss Kiss.“I remember full well after Arkadiusz Milik’s injury that Diego said Napoli already had the replacement in-house with a real phenomenon called Mertens.” last_img read more

NGT refuses to modify order directing DCB to give Rs 20 cr

first_imgNEW DELHI: The National Green Tribunal has refused to modify its order by which it asked the Delhi Cantonment Board to contribute Rs 20 crore for clearing garbage dumps at Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla landfill sites.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said there is no ground to modify the July 17 order, however, it added that the cantonment board is free to talk to the Chief Secretary for “any other appropriate arrangement”. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe green panel said the amount of contribution required from Delhi Cantonment Board may not be proportionate to its garbage generation, but such direction was being issued due to practical considerations and suggestion of the Chief Secretary. “Thus, even though liability of DCB may only be for Okhla dumpsite where garbage from Cantonment is dumped, it is appropriate that the DCB contributes such amount to the huge cost of removing garbage for better air quality of Delhi which is affected by other dumpsites also,” the bench said in a recent order. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe bench further observed that improvement of air quality will be for the benefit of all residents of Delhi, including the residents of Delhi Cantonment area. “We do not find any ground to modify the said order but DCB is free to interact with the Chief Secretary for any other appropriate arrangement,” the bench said. The tribunal was hearing a plea filed by DCB seeking a modification of its order directing it to contribute Rs 10 crore, Rs 5 crore and Rs 5 crore respectively towards the cost of clearing garbage dumps at Ghazipur, Bhalswa and Okhla in Delhi to control pollution.last_img read more

Opinion Cincinnati Reds should trade Aroldis Chapman before its too late

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aroldis Chapman celebrates the final out in the 9th inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park in Miami on July 31. The Reds won, 3-1. Credit: Courtesy of TNSA good closer is a luxury for non-contending teams.Although the 2015 season has just begun, the Cincinnati Reds must seriously consider trading Aroldis Chapman.The flame-throwing left-hander has been a mainstay in the Reds’ bullpen since his major league debut in 2010. Featuring a fastball that routinely reaches the triple digits and a crippling slider, Chapman has established himself as one of the premier late-inning guys in MLB, perhaps only surpassed by Craig Kimbrel, formerly of the Atlanta Braves.Despite the incredible success he’s sustained in Cincinnati, including three All-Star appearances, the Reds must look to move Chapman quickly if they plan on contending in the near future. The Sunday trade between the Braves and San Diego Padres, which moved the equally unhittable Kimbrel to San Diego, should serve as an impetus to get a deal done.Despite his reputation as the best closer in the game, Atlanta could only recoup a modest return for Kimbrel. The Braves had to lower their asking price in order to get the Padres to pick up Melvin Upton Jr.’s massive contract.If the Reds were to try to deal Chapman, their return, in a vacuum, would likely be a little less than what Kimbrel would have fetched. But since this is the MLB, and not a vacuum, the Reds are positioned to reap a bounty.Any one of the teams expected to contend this season would be thrilled to have Chapman’s services, and most would be willing to part with one or two premium prospects in order to get a deal done.With the best closer in the game already on the move, the market has shrunk.  The demand for a dominant stopper like Chapman will not be higher than it is right now.The Reds must move quickly while they have leverage.  Though it would be disappointing for many Cincinnati fans to see the team selling pieces so early in the season, that disappointment would turn into optimism when they see the bounty the Reds obtained in return.Correction: An earlier version of this article stated that Aroldis Chapman pitches right handed, when in fact, he throws left handed. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State adds Musa Jallow eligible to play 201718 season

Incoming freshman guard Musa Jallow has signed with Ohio State and will be eligible to play in the 2017-18 season, the school announced Wednesday. A team spokesman confirmed Jallow will join the program in late August when the rest of the student body arrives at school.Originally a prospect scheduled to begin college after graduating high school in 2018, Jallow committed to Ohio State July 7 with the intention of reclassifying and becoming eligible to play in the upcoming season.“Musa is a physical, athletic, versatile player and defender,” coach Chris Holtmann said in a statement. “He possesses a high motor, intelligence and a college ready body despite his young age. We are excited about his arrival here in the fall and his continued development throughout his career here.”The Buckeyes now have 11 scholarship players, including fellow freshmen forwards Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young, another late addition to Ohio State.The 6-foot-5, 200-pound shooting guard is the No. 120 overall player in the 2017 recruiting cycle and the eighth-best player from his home state of Indiana. His late addition to Ohio State’s 2017 recruiting class improved it to the No. 1 class in the conference, according to 247Sports. read more